It’s never a great feeling to see the Houston Rockets high-fiving in Oracle Arena after a win over the world champions, but there they were after smacking the champs 118-112. It’s tough after games like this to go back and parse through the box score for fun bits, but it’s also worth mentioning the guys who fought back.
29 points on his usual efficiency (11-of-19 shooting from the field) wasn’t enough to get the job done, but he certainly kept the champs afloat every time it looked like the Rockets were about to go on a monster run. The Rockets started sending hellacious double teams in the second half to get the ball out of his hands, a sure sign of respect for the reigning Finals MVP.
25 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists on 50% shooting from the field would qualify as a monster night for most players in the NBA, but it was just another ho hum outing for “Unanimous”. He couldn’t quite make the plays that knocked Houston out, as the guys in red sent major double teams his way in the second half. It was amazing how attuned Houston was to both Curry and Durant; clearly they’ve had enough of being burned by this dynamic duo.
20 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals on 7-of-17 shooting from the field wasn’t enough to power the Dubs through, but I was impressed with his defensive focus. He harrassed future hall-of-famer point guard Chris Paul all around the court, battling the smaller man with a dogged intensity. Although Paul had 23 points, it was on 7-for-18 shooting with 5 turnovers. Unfortunately, CP3 also dished out a monster 17 assists, which means the Dubs team defense will have to do a better job of rallying around Thompson’s individual defense.
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